Six John Muir Tributes and Landmarks

Leg­endary John Muir was a pio­neer and advo­cate for wilder­ness preser­va­tion. Due to his pro­lif­ic con­tri­bu­tions to earth and soci­ety, var­i­ous land­marks have been named after Muir. Born April 21, 1838, mod­ern-day cit­i­zens remem­ber this found­ing-father through the annu­al Earth Day cel­e­bra­tion. In case you did not catch any cor­re­la­tion, here are some famous sites or land­marks named in his honor.

Mount Muir










Mount Muir 
Mount Muir is a peak locat­ed in the Sier­ra Nevada’s, Cal­i­for­nia. The mag­nif­i­cent peak is ele­vat­ed at 14,018 feet. It also has a climb promi­nence of 298 feet. The east side of the peak is locat­ed in the John Muir Wilder­ness region and is view­able from the Mount Whit­ney Trail. The John Muir Trail mean­ders amongst the west­ern peak near the sum­mit and ends on the sum­mit of Mount Whitney.

Muir Woods National Monument










Muir Woods Nation­al Monument
Locat­ed north of San Fran­cis­co, this mon­u­ment is part of the Gold­en Gate Nation­al Recre­ation­al Area. This mon­u­ment is a park that pro­tects 554 acres of land, of which near half are old-growth Coast Red­wood forests. Muir Woods is adja­cent to the Pacif­ic ocean and some­times expe­ri­ences a thick, marine lay­er that cov­ers the tops of the giant sequoias. Easy to dif­fi­cult hik­ing trails are avail­able through­out the park.

Muir Beach










Muir Beach
Muir Beach is locat­ed 16.5 miles north­west of San Fran­cis­co, and approx­i­mate­ly two miles away from the entrance of Muir Woods Nation­al  Mon­u­ment. The one thou­sand foot beach con­sists of thick, coarse sand and boul­ders near the perime­ter of the shore­line. This qui­et, serene beach cre­ates per­fect oppor­tu­ni­ties for soli­tude or per­son-less photographs.

Camp Muir










Camp Muir
This is no nor­mal, fam­i­ly-fun camp. This is a camp for seri­ous climbers and moun­taineers since it’s locat­ed 10,800 feet in ele­va­tion on the slope of Mount Rainier between Muir snow­field and Cowlitz glac­i­er. This sin­gle-sto­ry shel­ter hous­es climbers for a brief night before the full sum­mit. From Camp Muir there are sev­en approach­es, grad­ed between II-III, to sum­mit the peak.

John Muir National Historic Site










John Muir Nation­al His­toric Site
The mag­nif­i­cent house of nat­u­ral­ist and writer, John Muir, and sur­round­ing 325 acres of grass­land and oak wood­lands is a nation­al site locat­ed in Mar­tinez, Cal­i­for­nia. The 14-room Vic­to­ri­an man­sion was built in 1883 and Muir accom­plished some of the most sig­nif­i­cant achieve­ments in writ­ing in his “scrib­ble den.”

Muir Glacier










Muir Glac­i­er
The val­ley glac­i­er is locat­ed in Glac­i­er Bay Nation­al Park and cov­ers 11 miles of ground. This glac­i­er has sig­nif­i­cant­ly retreat­ed since 1780. Between 1941 to 2004 the glac­i­er retreat­ed more than 7 miles and thinned over 2,625 feet. Ocean water “took its place” in the valley.